Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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November 14, 2013

Ten Hearts honored by Apollo Conference

Durbin, Heuerman selected unanimously

EFFINGHAM — Effingham’s defense was well-represented on this year’s All-Apollo Conference football team.

Three of the Flaming Hearts’ four first-team selections came on the defensive side of the ball, led by the unanimous selection of linebacker Travis Durbin.

The junior was a second-team selection last year, and anchored a linebacking unit that rebounded from a tough start early in the season to lead Effingham to second place in the conference.

Billy Arndt and Payton Bushue also were selected to the first team as defensive lineman, with Arndt being one of the team’s finest tacklers and Bushue providing a key portion of the pass rush.

The Flaming Hearts’ lone offensive first-team selection was also a unanimous one, as offensive lineman Khye Heuerman was named to the team by every coach. Heuerman played both ways and was an anchor on the offensive line as the offense found its groove among many injuries.

In terms of the second team, Matt Wohltman’s name was called twice, as both a wide receiver and a defensive back. The senior was a big-play threat every time he stepped on the field offensively and was excellent in coverage all season.

He was joined by fellow defensive back Marcus Robinson on the second team. It’s Robinson’s second straight selection to the second team as he prepares to graduate the program.

Linebacker Brandon Loy’s steady play as a tackler earned him a second-team selection as a seniuor.

Offensively, Zach Miller and Evan Boggs were both selected to the second-team.

Miller was the lead back for Effingham, having a fine season while battling through a toe injury and still was one of the conference’s finest backs.

Boggs, the big man on the offensive line at 6-foot-6 and 360 pounds, wasn’t an every-down player but certainly made his presence felt every time he stepped on the field, springing a number of big plays in the run game.

Effingham coach Mike McDonald was not available for comment Wednesday.

The Hearts racked up four first-team selections and 10 overall, up from one and seven, respectively, in 2012.

Effingham finished 4-5 and 4-1 in the Apollo, and bring back Arndt, Durbin, Miller and Boggs from this year’s All-Apollo team as well as a number of other pieces.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Linemen: Khye Heuerman (Effingham); Cody Margenthaler (Charleston); Grant Geisler (Mt. Zion); Chase Boozer (Salem); Chris Dyer (Mattoon)

Running backs: Myles Decker (Charleston); Austin Ray (Mt. Zion); Jacob Stephens (Mattoon)

Receivers: Malik Joyner (Mattoon); Travis Kittell (Mattoon); Audie Temples (Paris); Mason Bruce (Mt. Zion)

Quarterback: Jared Pilson (Mattoon)

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Linemen: Billy Arndt (Effingham); Chase Boozer (Salem); Grant Geisler (Mt. Zion); Andy Vieth (Mattoon); Payton Bushue (Effingham)

Linebackers: Jacob Harris (Mattoon); Travis Durbin (Effingham); Germaine Armstrong (Mattoon); Hunter Morris (Paris); Ryan Scharf (Mt. Zion)

Defensive backs: Chandler Hudson (Mt. Zion); Riley Spencer (Paris); Audie Temples (Paris); Derek Pierce (Mattoon)

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Linemen: Dustin St. John (Mattoon); Tristan Brown (Charleston); Cam Malone (Paris); Ryan Scharf (Mt. Zion); Evan Boggs (Effingham)

Running backs: Paul Moskal (Salem); Zach Miller (Effingham); Hunter Morris (Paris)

Receivers: Jacob Harris (Mattoon); Matt Wohltman (Effingham); Tyler Hayes (Mt. Zion)

Quarterback: Payton Grinestaff (Mt. Zion)

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Linemen: Josh Evans (Mattoon); Nate King (Salem); Aron Decker (Charleston); Zach Naylor (Mt. Zion)

Linebackers: Scott Helm (Salem); Brandon Loy (Effingham); Shane Mason (Paris); Brad Atkinson (Mt. Zion

Defensive backs: Payton Hartbank (Mattoon); Marcus Robinson (Effingham); Matt Wohltman (Effingham); Triston Holmes (Salem)

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